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Dragonmead Copper Shield Bitter Harvest - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Copper Shield Bitter Harvest
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87
very good

11 Ratings
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Ratings: 11
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 5.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dragonmead Microbrewery visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This Barley Wine is produced at the lower end of the Barley Wine scale. It is fermented to a very drinkable level, unlike heavier Barley Wines. It has a generous dose of hops added to an International Bittering Level of 101.

(Beer added by: DrJay on 12-27-2006)
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%

Oddly named, but hey this is Dragonmead. Amber-brown mahogoney colour with white head and lace. Barley aroma. Very Bitter taste,I have had worse,there is some malting, and I find out that's what they advertise-a bitter American barleywine. At the brewpub.

Sammy, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Enjoyed at the brewpub. Slightly hazed dark coppery colour with a thin cap of light tan foam. Good retention with some spotty lacing. Sweet, hoppy aroma with lots of caramel, tangerine, and orange. Solid bitterness balanced by rich caramel, light toffee and orange/grapefruit hops. Full bodied with low, well-integrated carbonation. For a barleywine, this one goes down easy. Really easy. A top-notch offering from Dragonmead.

DrJay, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -1%

dmorgan310, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of hopdog
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, earthy, citrus, and dome fruitiness. Tastes of caramel, toffee, citrus, and fruity. Softer and smooth body with the alcohol content well hidden. Lacing left on the glass.

hopdog, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Alextricity
3.88/5  rDev -4%

On-tap at Dragonmead.

Appearance: A brown sort of color with a thin layer of foam on top. A lot of clarity. It looks decent.

Smell: Decidedly hoppy, but also with a nice caramel sweetness. I wouldn't say you really get the alcohol on the nose but you get the feeling that the ABV is high on it. Pretty nice. A lot of hops, but not so much that you think it's an IPA.

Taste: Tasty. This is described as being "intensely bitter" or something along those lines, and there's a super sharp hop bitterness, but it's not brutal thanks to a fair amount of balance from the caramel malts. It's certainly not a balanced beer overall (more hoppy, which I was expecting), but I liked it. I hadn't had an American Barleywine before this one that I really liked all that much, aside from Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, but a bit more body would be welcome.

I was going between a 3.75 and a 4 overall and I went up on it because, again, this is one of the better American Barleywines I've had.

Alextricity, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of webmanspidey
4/5  rDev -1%

On tap at the brew pub. The menu referred to this as an "Extremely Bitter Barleywine".

Poured a copper brown color into a chalice. Sweet malty smell. Taste is very balanced and well done, not overwhelming in either direction. Slightly bitter finish in favor of the hops. Caramel malt is apparent throughout with a nice balance of alcohol in the right amount. Very well done.

webmanspidey, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of stoutman
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Pour is an orange, copper, red. Vibrant. Aroma is subtle. The taste is very smooth and one can see how they say this is a drinkable barleywine, it is definitely. Has the undernotes and warmness of a typical barleywine, but at the same time is very different.

stoutman, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
4/5  rDev -1%

Huge thanks to my sister for scoring two Dragonmead glowers for us.

This one pours a nice copper color with tan head. The aroma is a bit mild with fruity esters like plums, dates and cherries as well as grapefruit hops and a mild sense of hotness on the nose from the alcohol. The taste begins with sweet nectar maltiness mixing with grapefruit and orange citrus hop bitterness. The rich sweet sugary maltiness cut the hop bitterness creating a pleasing balance. Then mild dark fruity esters enter with notes of prunes, cherries, dates and plums. It gets peppery as the finish approaches. Could use a year or more of age.

BigMcLargeHuge, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev -1%

Goldfoot, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of jlmathis
4/5  rDev -1%

jlmathis, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of msuspartan22
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

msuspartan22, Jan 20, 2012
Dragonmead Copper Shield Bitter Harvest from Dragonmead Microbrewery
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.